FOIA request for FRC and Tony Perkins communications

Brett Barrouquere filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
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From: Brett Barrouquere


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

any and all public records documenting communication between of Anthony Richard “Tony” Perkins and the Family Research Council and the Texas Governor’s office between January 10, 2013 and the present.

Please construe this request to include emails, memos, messages, note and text messages (if available).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brett Barrouquere 334-956-8234

From: Office of the Governor

Mr. Barrouquere:

This email seeks to narrow or clarify your request to avoid the production of and potential charges for responsive information that you are not interested in receiving. Additionally, clarifying or narrowing the scope of your public information request can assist the OOG in providing responsive information to you more quickly and potentially avoid the need for a decision from the Office of the Attorney General.

Your original request seeks public records documenting communication between of Anthony Richard “Tony” Perkins and the Family Research Council and the Texas Governor’s office between January 10, 2013 and [January 8, 2019].” Please respond to the following request for clarification or narrowing:

· Are you willing to narrow your request to exclude certain divisions that are not likely to have information related to your request? Narrowing your request to exclude certain divisions, such as the Texas Music Office or Texas Film Commission, may reduce the chargeable labor required to obtain any responsive information. To see a list of some of the divisions of the OOG that may be excluded, you can visit: https://gov.texas.gov/organization.

Your narrowing or clarification of this request does not preclude you from making future requests for additional information. After we receive your response, we can begin a search of our records for the information you are seeking. If the OOG does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn. See Gov’t Code § 552.222(d), (g). The withdrawal of your request does not preclude you from requesting the same or other information in the future. You can reach us at publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov> or 512-463-1750 with any questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke

Public Information Coordinator

Assistant General Counsel

Office of the Governor

From: Brett Barrouquere

Hi,

You may exclude the Texas Film Commission
The Texas Music Office
Texas Tourism
Human Resources from both my records requests.

Thanks,

Brett

Brett Barrouquere
Investigative Reporter
334-956-8234
brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org

From: Office of the Governor

January 11, 2019

Mr. Barrouquere,

Thank you for your email.

In prior correspondence sent on January 9, 2019 (attached), you narrowed your request to exclude:

The Texas Film Commission
The Texas Music Office
Texas Tourism
The Office of Military Preparedness
Human Resources

from your requests (011-19 and 012-19).

However, in your most recent email, you only exclude

Texas Film Commission
The Texas Music Office
Texas Tourism
Human Resources

from your requests.

Please clarify: Are we to read your request as modified to no longer exclude the Office of Military Preparedness?

Your narrowing or clarification of this request does not preclude you from making future requests for additional information. After we receive your response, we can begin a search of our records for the information you are seeking. If the OOG does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn. See Gov’t Code § 552.222(d), (g). The withdrawal of your request does not preclude you from requesting the same or other information in the future. You can reach us at publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov> or 512-463-1750 with any questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

January 30, 2019

Brett Barrouquere
Southern Poverty Law Center
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org<mailto:brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org>
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 012-19

Dear Mr. Barrouquere,

This email is in response to your clarified public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on January 9, 2019. A copy of your clarified request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located information that is responsive to your request. The OOG originally asserted some of the responsive information was excepted from required public disclosure and requested a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) pursuant to section 552.301 of the Government Code. Upon further review, the OOG has determined it has no objection to the release of the responsive information. This information is attached. The request for a ruling has been withdrawn and a copy of the withdrawal letter to the OAG is also attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

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